I am constantly inspired by the beauty around me, whether it be a rushing waterfall, colourful river rocks or even my worn, comfy sneakers. When I paint a landscape of a place I’ve recently visited, I may be remembering the smell of the pine needles underfoot and how the warm sun felt on my shoulders. While painting my sneakers, I can feel the way the worn canvas has formed to my bare toes and soles of my feet, so perfectly. With the use of texture and colour, I strive to express these emotions through my artwork.
Life is about the journey, not the destination. This has never been so true for me as I navigate the changes in my life and experiences I’ve had in the last couple of years. I would never have imagined that I would be living my life in any other place than that of on my farm in Ontario. As I am experiencing my new life here in British Columbia, I am discovering this amazing world and enjoying the ride! My creative mind is feeding off of my personal growth and I am constantly inspired by the beauty and people around me. All of this has begun to come out in my creative expression. I want to share my appreciation for this symbiotic relationship between my art and the journey I am on. Exploring interesting new places and meeting new people has become a passion of mine and I strive for the viewer to experience the same emotions of these moments that I am feeling while on this spiritual journey.
Working primarily in oils on canvas, I begin the painting with a very loose ‘sketch’ with my brush. Allowing thinned paint to run and drip down the painting, I block in the large shapes and work out the composition. I then use the puddle method to create a family of colour. I love the relationship of warm versus cool and light versus dark colours and let these senses play off of each other to create the emotion I am trying to convey